Specimens

Picture of a mole salamander
Ambystomatidae
a green chameleon in a tree
Chamaeleonidae
Picture of a brown beaver
Castoridae
Dendrobatidae
Dendrobatidae

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Tetrapods (Latin: "four-footed") are vertebrate animals (animals with a backbone) that have four limbs. This includes amphibians (frogs & toads), reptiles (Lizards, snakes, turtles), birds and mammals.

The collection originated shortly after the founding of The Ohio State University in 1870. It grew as an important repository of birds in Ohio and of research expeditions worldwide.

Find out more about the collections' history.

The "people" of the collection are really all the animals; under the A-Z directory on the left you will find links to animal families represented in the collections. To search the entire database online please visit VertNet, an NSF-funded global museum database of vertebrate natural history collections.

If you have any questions about the collections please contact the curator.

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meadowlarks
The Tetrapod Collection at the Museum of Biological Diver
03/22/2019
Tamaki Yuri
The Museum has been joined by Dr.
01/07/2019